South Indian superstar Rajinikanth on Friday tweeted his support of actor Vijay’s latest Tamil film Sarkar and condemned people from damaging the film’s banners and demanding the removal of certain scenes.
The AR Murugadoss film, a political thriller, hit the screens on Tuesday. Ever since its release, ministers and party cadres of the AIADMK expressed their displeasure over certain scenes in the film. On Wednesday, they protested outside various theatres in Tamil Nadu and damaged banners and cut-outs of Vijay.
“To protest for the removal of certain scenes from the movie and stop it from being screened after the Censor Board has certified it is against the law. I strong condemn this act,” Rajinikanth lashed on Twitter in Tamil.
On Thursday, actor-politician Kamal Haasan also strongly objected the actions of AIADMK government regarding the issue.
“It isn’t new for this government to act and pressurise against a film like Sarkar, which has completed its censor formalities properly. A government that can’t face criticism can go off the tangent. Commercialised politicians will soon be vanished and the good people would win,” Haasan tweeted.
There were rumours that producers of Sarkar had agreed to mute scenes that have been termed controversial. However, Sun Picture are yet to officially announce if they are muting scenes.
Despite opening to mixed reviews and getting embroiled in controversies, Sarkar managed to gross over Rs100 crore (Rs1 billion, Dh50 million) in just two days at the box-office.
In the film, Vijay plays a non resident Indian (NRI) who returns to the country to vote, only to realise his vote has been cast illegally. He then digs deep into the matter, stirring up a political turmoil.